Up for your consideration is an Unbranded 12-fret parlor guitar.  Constructed of solid, very tight grained (I believe to be) Englemann spruce top, with nicely figured (I believe to be) birch back and sides. Not sure of the fretboard and bridge materials.

Its appointments are very simple; a nice multi-ply purfling on the top edges and matching rosette, single-ply binding on the top;  no headstock overlay; and round Mother of Pearl fretboard inlays. The Waverly tuners have very nice ebony knobs, and all are intact, amazingly with no cracks. The tuner shafts are straight (although one knob appears to have been installed off-center). The tuners are original; but one of the tuning cogs has been replaced at some point. The bridge and saddle are original, but the bridge has been shaved to lower action, and screw holes from a prior repair ave been filled.

The neck is 12-fret to the body, with a slotted headstock and round inlays of MOP at 5, 7, and 9.  The neck profile is the traditional for the era  'V’.

With a 23.5" scale, 1 13/16"" nut, and 2 1/4" spacing at the saddle, it is an excellent finger-picker / light strummer. Strung with Martin Extra-Lights , and tuned to concert pitch, the action is just a little over 8/64ths at the 12th fret. There is .005" relief in the neck.  This guitar sounds very mellow, yet punchy, with surprising volume and bass.

Cosmetically, it is in amazing shape for its age.  The top has aged to a very nice dark amber, and aside from the repaired cracks (detailed below), is remarkably ding-free. There is some wear and minor dings on the edges of the peg-head, and a coupe dings on the back of the neck, but the head, neck, and fretboard are similarly remarkably scratch or gouge-free. The fretboard has no fingernail divots, and negligible fretwear.

This has had a lot of love and repairs, and is now playable and ready for the next owner. When I rescued this guitar at a swap and sell show, I wasn't sure I'd get it to playable condition. The repairs are detailed below, shown in the pictures, and the guitar is now structurally sound.  I performed all of the repairs myself, and while I’m not a professional luthier by trade, I have repaired/refurbished many guitars. I pride myself on well done repairs, and use Titebond Original glue.

  • Repair of two soundboard cracks, one below the bridge on the treble side, and one to the treble side of the fretboard. The cracks are all well mated, solidly repaired. 
  • Repair of cracked heel, on the treble side of the heel.
  • 2 loose back braces reglued
  • The bridge had lifted, and shifted forward under string tension.  The original bridge has been re-placed placed back in the original footprint after the mating surfaces were cleaned and well glued. A small area in front of the bridge where the bridge had shifted can be seen in the pictures.
  • The bridgeplate holes and top had been thoroughly ‘chewed’ by a century of string replacements. Since the bridge plate runs the entire width of the guitar, and is part of the top’s support, instead of replacing, I’ve fit a bridgeplate overlay of 1/32” maple over the pinhole area only. The original bridge-pin holes have been plugged and leveled before the bridge replacement. The pinholes have been re-drilled and reamed to fit the original pins, and have been ramped for better break-angle over the brass saddle.
  • The heel had separated from the body, with the dovetail 'cheeks' of the heel breaking off and remaining in the dovetail pocket. Since the dovetail had broken, resetting the neck in the usual manner was not an option, so I've converted it to a bolt-on neck.  This is comprised of  2 machine threaded inserts into the dovetail portion of the heel, and connected to the body with 2 threaded bolts through corresponding holes in the heelblock. The neck angle was then re-aligned/adjusted, and the fingerboard extension reglued to the top. The lower of the 2 bolts can be seen in the picture of the heelblock through the soundhole. It is a tight and secure fit; instead of relying on shims in the dovetail joint to maintain a secure heel to body connection, the threaded bolt now draws the heel tightly to the body.  Additionally, any future neck angle adjustments can be performed more simply.

A note on 'action and playability':  every guitar's action (the string height at the 12th fret), relief (the amount of forward curve of the fretboard), and playability (the ease with which notes and chords are fretted) will be different depending on the guitar's setup. What is ideal for one person might not suit another, and any adjustment is understood to be the responsibility of the owner. The measurements and description I have provided are accurate and setup references are to my tastes, and may not be yours. 

I have repaired and sold many guitars, and pride myself on my thorough description and customer service. The guitar will be packed securely, and shipped with insurance in a sturdy guitar shipping carton.  Because of the repairs and investment I've put into this guitar (and that you won't have to), I am pricing this as what I believe to be fair, based the few comparable sales I have been able to find of similar era/style guitars. I will entertain reasonable Best Offer. I will offer FREE shipping with full purchase price; otherwise shipping and handling will be a flat $65 to the CONUS.

Please view all pics and ask any and all questions before buying/making an offer.  I have described the condition accurately and completely; while I am certain you will be satisfied with the guitar,this is an as-is sale with no returns unless I have mis-represented something.

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Listed3 days ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • Unbranded 12-fret parlor guitar. Englemann spruce top. Neck reset.
  • Parlor
  • Natural
  • 1930s
Made In
  • United States

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